This is Mindful Business Founder, the podcast for Fashion Business Founders seeking to build a meaningful and profitable business. Being MINDFUL is an attitude, and with this podcast I’m hoping to inspire (fashion) business owners to be more mindful of the consequences of their actions and of their decisions.
We will explore what Mindful Founders do differently to build resilient businesses that deliver value to people and to the planet. We will learn from their guiding principles and from their experience. We will be talking to fashion business founders and also founders from other industries.
You have launched our own business, so you have the power to create significant changes in the world we live in. Tune in, if you are looking to improve the balance between purpose and profit in your fashion business.
Seeker x Retriever, Building a Fashion Brand to Find Your Tribe with Nan and Carl
Nan and Carl are a married couple and they are the founders of the brand Seeker Retriever, a brand that brings the conversation of ethical and sustainable fashion to the very next level.
Nan and Carl will tell us the story of how their brand was born from the love for vintage clothing and how a personal exploration has led them to a community of weavers in the mountains, in the Northern parts of Thailand.
They will also explain how the human aspect is at the core of their brand value and how it is translated in terms of production and in the way they interact with their own customers.
They will also share with us why they think that their brand is not for everyone and why that’s perfectly fine, as they are more focused on building connections and finding their tribe, the tribe of people that share their same values.
We also covered many other topics and I had so much fun in this conversation.
Their story is again very inspiring because this is another story of how a small and independent brand, in their very own way, is changing the conversation of the fashion business.
Bridging the Past and the Future with a Fashion Brand by Pola Stępień
Today, we are joined by Pola Stępień, founder of a very special ready-to-wear brand based in Lodz.
Lodz is a former industrial city in Poland. Before the Polish economy transitioned from communism to a market-based economy in the 90s, the economy of Lodz was heavily reliant on the textile industry.
It is in this highly creative environment with such an inspiring legacy that Pola launched her brand MODAPOLKA,
In this conversation, Pola will share with us how she feels about the current environmental crisis and how she is addressing this problem with her business.
Beyond fashion, Pola creates clothes that are ergonomic, multifunctional, and useful. She will explain why her brand is at the intersection of design and art.
She will also share with us some of the dilemmas she is facing now that she is taking her business to the next level.
If you have a business and you are trying to make a statement with your brand, this conversation is definitely for you.
Building a Successful Handbag Brand Fresh from College by Julia Skergeth
Today, I’m delighted to share with you my conversation with Julia Skergeth, a young and very inspiring handbag designer who has joined us from Vienna in Austria. If I need to use one word to describe Julia, I would use the word BOLD.
Yes, Julia is the embodiment of boldness. She is a bold business person and a bold designer.
In this very fun conversation Julia will tell us the story about how launching a collection on a crowdfunding platform led her to take over a factory in Indonesia. She will also share with us the details of how she manages her creative process and her business; and why she chose to be completely transparent to her customers about her price structure.
If you need a good dose of inspiration to shake things up or to take a less conventional approach in your business, this conversation with Julia Skergeth is definitely for you.
Tweaking your Mind and your Life with more Tankespjärn by Helena Roth
My conversation today is with Helena Roth, the Founder of the Tankespjärn community.
For those who don’t know, tankespjärn is a Swedish word, more precisely a Swedish word construct of 2 words for a concept for the mind.
It’s a philosophy of life for personal and professional growth.
I will say no more about it because it is the main topic of our conversation, so we will mainly learn from listening to Helena.
But I just want to say that I find the concept of tankespjärn particularly relevant now because we are currently living in highly uncertain times where we are all trying to figure out how the new normal would look like and what will be our place in this new normal world.
So if you want to find out more about the concept of tankespjärn, learn how your life can be stretched and have more tankespjärn in your life, follow the link in the comments below and join me for my conversation with Helena Roth.
Saving Fair Isle Knitting Tradition by Mati Ventrillon - Part 2
Today’s episode is the 2nd part of my conversation with Mati Ventrillon who has joined us from Fair Isle, in Scotland. When she first visited the island, she felt that she really belonged there and decided to move there.
But you cannot just decide to move to Fair Isle: you need to submit an application and build a project. As Mati explained: there’s plenty of work there but no one is recruiting there. So you have to be entrepreneurial and create your own job, and also to find a way to serve the community of the island.
So built a project and moved the whole family from London to Fair Isle, and fell in love with the knitwear tradition. And in 2011, in order to preserve and to continue the knitwear tradition in Fair Isle, she launched her brand, Mati Ventrillon.
In the previous episode, we delved into Fair Isle, into its history and the knitwear tradition. And if you haven’t listened to it yet, you can still go ahead with this one and come back to the other one later.
Now in this part of our conversation, we will continue on our exploration of the incredible journey of an international fashion business owner in the tiny and remote island of Fair Isle.
Mati will share with us some of the lessons learned when she launched the MV collection. A collection inspired by museum pieces that Mati has modernized and made more affordable. If you are a knitwear designer, this part is a must-listen as Mati will walk us through the details of the making of this collection.
We will also discuss the mainstream fashion system, and why Mati has chosen to develop her business on the fringe of this system.
But my favorite part is when Mati shares with much generosity and benevolence, some insightful pieces of advice for starting and growing a meaningful business.
So if you want to find out more about developing a knitwear collection inspired by history and tradition, growing a meaningful fashion business that works for you and designing a life and a business on your own terms, join me for this conversation with Mati Ventrillon
Saving Fair Isle Knitting Tradition by Mati Ventrillon - Part 1
Mati is the founder of Mati Ventrillon, a knitwear brand based in Fair Isle, in Scotland. Fair Isle the most remote inhabited island in the United Kingdom. You have probably seen many Fair Isle inspired sweaters every winter, but not many of them have actually been made in Fair Isle, because, it’s not only remote, but it’s also a tiny, tiny island with not so many inhabitants.
Mati Ventrillon came under the spotlight in 2015 when her brand was exposed to massive exposure in the fashion and luxury sector. If you haven’t heard of her name, you can do a quick search on Google and you will be amazed by this incredible story.
But I don’t want to focus on this part of her journey. Instead, today I want to share with you the heartfelt stories of Mati, of her business, and of the knitwear tradition in Fair Isle.
When I first encountered her brand, I felt that it was speaking directly from her heart. It’s intriguing and difficult for me to explain, but it’s something I felt deeply.
And my first impression was right: I’ve found out that Mati Ventrillon is a business venture founded on love and passion, and on grit and resilience.
In this first part of our conversation, Mati will share with us the story of Fair Isle and how knitwear is an embodiment of the island tradition and history, and how it has saved the community on several occasions.
She will also explain why she decided to launch her own brand in 2011, in order to preserve the tradition.
This is really an amazing story we love to hear at Mindful Business Founder and I am absolutely thrilled to share it with you today.
So welcome, Mati Ventrillon.
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Leekei Tang is a thoughtful host. She really cares about making sustainable changes in the fashion world so that we are responsible stewards of our planet. She has a warm, direct, and intelligent approach in her interviews and to her guests. I am excited to see and hear more from her in the years to come!